And so, the countdown is complete. Game day is here. The Raiders are unique in that they do have a player to honor when the countdown hits zero. Or double zeroes, as it were. He isn't just the only man to don the double zeroes, he's was also a career Raider and the team's first original Hall of Famer.
Who wore it best: C Jim Otto
When the Raiders took the field for the first time in 1960, Jim Otto took the field with them at the center position. Initially he wore the number 50, but he switched to 00 in his second season. He was named to the AFL All Star team as a rookie and was an All Star every one of his first 13 seasons in the NFL. He was also named All AFL ten times. He never missed a game in his 15 seasons in the NFL, all in Oakland.
Otto snapped for the likes of Tom Flores, Cotton Davidson, Daryle Lamonica, George Blanda, and Ken Stabler during those 15 seasons with the Raiders. The team played in Super Bowl II in 1967, but couldn't push through to win it until two years after his retirement in 1974. In 1980, Otto was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Otto started a tradition of great centers with the Raiders that continued with Dave Dalby and on to Don Mosebar, giving the Raiders just three starting centers in the franchise's first 35 years in existence. Otto can still be seen regularly around Raiders headquarters as well as fan events.